Fifth Grade Matters

The Year We Chose to Matter

BUSY FALL

The last month has been such an incredible time for us in room 17. We have been hard at work creating some amazing projects and connecting the facts they are learning to a wider experience. As we approach the final month of the first semester, I hope you take some time to talk with your kiddos and reflect on some of the experiences they've had this year.

Putting It All Together - D.A.R.E. Public Service Announcements

Survival and adaptation to our environment were two of the recurring themes throughout our science and social studies units in the first quarter. We helped the kids bring their understanding of how environment, resources, and our roles help us adapt and survive even the most extreme circumstances to the very current topic of peer pressure and teens. The D.A.R.E. program helped us come full circle as the kids learned how they can resist drugs as well as help others. Our Project Based Learning was a wonderful experience that provided the students a closer look at what dangers and pressures teenagers face. Driven by the question, " How can we, as 5th graders, help others make appropriate decisions in the face of peer and media pressure?", they chose to create public service announcements for students at the high school level. They felt that those students might be in need of a reminder of the lessons learned when they took D.A.R.E. and how they may stay strong.

The project was a huge success with the kids creating websites, videos, and message boards. These are accessed through QR codes. A gallery has been set up in the Media Center for viewing. On Thursday, November 6th, we had invited community members to be an authentic audience and help us evaluate their products. This group included Mr. Bryant, principal at N.H.S., various members of the Noblesville Police Department, Chief Todd Estes with Noblesville Fire Dept., and Mr. Kristo with Hamilton County government.

The response was overwhelming and we are waiting for the results of their voting to see whose projects will be displayed at Noblesville High School.

If you have some time this week, please stop by and see their work in the Media Center.

Grandparents' and Veteran's Day

What a glorious day it was! This is probably one of my favorite days in the school year. Not only do we get to honor and thank our veterans for their service, but we get to spend time with some of our favorite people: GRANDPARENTS! It was such a pleasure to meet and spend time talking with so many that came from far and wide to be with their loved ones! I apologize for not getting everyone’s picture. It was so full and so busy that I did not get a chance to take pictures until many of the grandparents had left. I often wish we could have them come back later in the year for a part 2.

Our kids did such a beautiful job with the musical program. Noah Bushong and Melanie Obuch started the program with an opening address to our veterans. After the Kindergartner’s performance, the 5th grade sang “50 Nifty United States” and “Sing a Song of Peace”. I’m so proud of how our kids performed as well as how they represented their class and school.

Acuity Testing Coming Up!

Monday, Dec. 8th 2014 at 9am to Wednesday, Dec. 10th 2014 at 9am

Mrs. Stultz' Classroom

Mark your Calendars. We will be testing those three days from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.